Study Reveals Colorado Family Physicians’ Views on Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is said to relieve anxiety, alleviate pain, prevent epileptic seizures and increase appetite for some patients, but many Colorado family physicians lean against recommending the drug.

Forty-six percent of Colorado family physicians say they do not support doctors recommending medical marijuana. Nearly all of them cite a lack of information about the drug.

These were among the findings of a study published in February in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Researchers Elin Kondrad, a family physician, and Alfred Reid sent an online survey to 1,727 members of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians in 2011 and received 520 responses. The survey asked the physicians about their attitudes toward medical marijuana.

Nineteen percent of the physicians who responded said doctors should recommend medical marijuana to patients. Thirty-five percent said they needed more information or were undecided.

“I don’t think physicians have a bias against marijuana,” said Robert Brockmann, president of the academy. “I think there is a bias against lack of information.”

– Read the entire article at Denver Post.

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  1. Anonymous UK on

    There is not a lack of information but there is a lack of official research that these doctors feel comfortable with. This demands official research and the doctors to look beyond just conventional research as they did with other alternative therapies. The whole medical marijuana movement could be seen as a gigantic clinical trial for cannabis and it has performed astoundingly well. (wish I’d invented it !)